For Immediate Release - January 30, 2013

GOVERNOR PATRICK NAMES WILLIAM "MO" COWAN AS INTERIM U.S. SENATOR

Special election to be held on June 25

William “Mo” Cowan Appointed as US Senator

Governor Deval Patrick appoints William “Mo” Cowan as interim United States Senator, filling the seat left vacant by Senator John Kerry. Governor Patrick also announced that the Special Election to fill Senator Kerry’s seat will be held on June 25. Cowan will serve as interim senator until a new senator is elected on that date. View additional photos. (Photo: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office)

BOSTON - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick today appointed William “Mo” Cowan as interim United States Senator, filling the seat left vacant by Senator John Kerry. Governor Patrick also announced that the Special Election to fill Senator Kerry’s seat will be held on June 25. Cowan will serve as interim senator until a new senator is elected on that date.

Cowan is the former chief of staff and chief legal counsel to Governor Patrick, having served in the Patrick-Murray Administration since 2009.

"I am proud and delighted to appoint Mo Cowan as interim U.S. Senator from Massachusetts," said Governor Patrick. “Mo's service on the front lines in our efforts to manage through the worst economy in 80 years and build a better, stronger Commonwealth for the next generation has earned him the respect and admiration of people throughout government. The people of the Commonwealth have benefited from his wisdom and good judgment during his time in our office, and will again in the Senate."

“I am honored and humbled by this appointment today,” said Cowan. “I pledge to you and the people of Massachusetts that during this interim period I will work as hard as humanly possible to perform my duties with the needs and aspirations of our state's citizens foremost in mind.”

“Mo has been a tremendous asset to the Commonwealth, and we are more than confidant he will continue to serve the people well as interim U.S. Senator,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.

From 1997 to 2009, Cowan practiced civil litigation as an associate and later a partner in the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC and as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Middlesex County District Attorney.

Cowan is a graduate of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law, and lives in Stoughton, Massachusetts with his wife, Stacy, and their two young sons.

STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT:

“Mo Cowan is someone who is one of the most brilliant and intelligent individuals in his field,” said University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motely. “He is capable and uniquely positioned to serve the Governor and the people of the Commonwealth. We all know that we can move forward in positive way, and trust that he knows how to do the job.”

"Governor Patrick has made an excellent choice in Mo Cowan as interim US Senator,” said Representative Dan Winslow. “Mo personifies the dignity, intelligence and calm judgment that we hope are qualities of all members of the US Senate. He has the ability to work across the aisle, which is sorely needed in Washington, DC. Congratulations to Senator-designate Cowan and congratulations to all citizens of Massachusetts who will be served by him in the coming months."

"The Governor has made a solid choice in the appointment of Mo Cowan,” said District Attorney Michael O’Keefe. “He understands government and has rolled up his sleeves to tackle tough problems. I wish him well.”

“Mo is an extraordinary choice,” said Thomas Merrigan, former Governor’s Councilor. “He has the experience, integrity, wisdom and intelligence to represent and protect the interests of the Commonwealth as interim senator. We will be well-served by his exceptional skills.”

"I’ve known Mo Cowan for almost a decade now and he’s an exceptional human being," said President of Bentley College Gloria Larson. "We worked together as members of the MCCA Board while at Mintz Levin, when he served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Patrick, and in his role as the Governor’s Chief of Staff.  In all capacities, he has been an exemplary colleague and is a much valued friend.  If I had to describe Mo, I’d say he’s blessed with both a high IQ and equally high EQ.  He’s exactly the right person to leave his ego at the door and ensure that the Commonwealth’s and the nation’s interests continue to be well-served prior to the special election.  Mo is extraordinarily fair minded and will work well with Democrats and Republicans alike."

“The Governor’s office has always been very knowledgeable and supportive of the issues facing the Massachusetts healthcare community in Washington, and Mo has been deeply involved in these efforts, as well as the wide range of other issues that affect Massachusetts," said Massachusetts Hospital Association President and CEO Lynn Nicholas. "So he will be able to hit the ground running in his role as interim Senator. Hospitals in particular are facing huge issues in Congress, and MHA is confident that Mo will carry on the vital advocacy for our hospitals that Senator Kerry has been so well known for.”

Click here to view the Governor's remarks. 

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